In our library at BFI Southbank you can access a huge collection of books, journals, documents and audio recordings about the world of film and television. The library collection spans the history of cinema. Our priority is comprehensive coverage of moving image in Britain, but the collection is international in scope.
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News from the BFI
Credit: Helena Smith Nestled within the old gallery space at BFI Southbank, the library provides a haven of calm amid the hubbub of riverside cultural life – perfect for leafing through a book on...
With the launch of the BFI Reuben Library, Sarah Currant reflects on the new vitality of a world-class collection of books and journals.
The art of the storyboard plays a key part in film production. But, when the film is finished, do storyboards have anything left to tell us?
We need your help for an epic Editathon at the BFI Reuben Library to enrich Wikipedia's entries relating to black and Asian British cinema.
To celebrate National Libraries Day 2016, staff at the BFI Reuben Library nominate their top 10 librarians in film and television.
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Sight & Sound magazine
Multi-user access to a digital archive of Sight & Sound and Monthly Film Bulletin.
No mere film collector, the archivist David Shepard, who has died aged 76, was a devoted historian, a fastidious restorer and above all a generous promulgator of his prints and his knowledge, writes Pamela Hutchinson.
Venice review: EX LIBRIS – the New York Public Library, Fred Wiseman’s ode to patience and fortitude
The director’s latest magisterial study of a public institution is a tribute to the power of education and the importance of community, characteristically ambitious yet surprisingly brisk, writes Neil Young.
Sophie Brown's search for the rights to screen Kathryn Bigelow's surf classic seemed to be all washed up, but suddenly the tide turned, and now Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves's Bodhi and Johnny can return to British screens.
How hard can it be to screen Kathryn Bigelow's surf classic, asks Sophie Brown?
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Education and research
Frequently asked questions about using the library.
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Supporting UK film
Each Film Hub is led by a Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO). Find out more about the nine organisations that cover the UK.
The story of British science-fiction film, from silent classics like A Message from Mars (1913) to Monsters (2010).
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About the BFI
Read the our policy for management of BFI collections.
The support of trusts and foundations is of huge value to the work that we do.
Profiles of the BFI’s Governors.
All the latest information on BFI activities for members of the media.
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